St. Olaf Garden Research and Organic Works

July 5th Update

Things are looking great down at STOGROW. Ok, they're looking a little dry due to ten days without rain, but the summer squash are booming, the tomatoes are ready for trellising, and we already delivered our first harvests of salad mix, greens mix, and black-cap raspberries. The four STOGROWers have had plenty to do -- there are always transplants to put in (sunflowers, basil, and cilantro these days), rows of veggies to mulch, and, of course, weeds of every variety to pull.

We had visitors last Tuesday! A vacation bible school group from two churches in north Minneapolis came to visit the farm, learn about organic agriculture, eat raspberries, and have a picnic in the sun. As you'll see in the picture above, neighboring farmer Ray Larson's cows were a big hit. As one little guy in the group was petting a cow, he finally made the connection between his hamburgers and the animal he was watching. He then turned to me and asked, "So, where does chicken come from??" : )

Summer squash will be ready soon, as will more raspberries and another cutting of salad greens. Think good thoughts for our peppers -- for some reason unknown to us they are dropping their leaves, not getting bigger, and looking generally sickly. We're investigating but would appreciate any advice you have!

Until next time,


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